As our world becomes more mobile, so do our hobbies, and that is certainly the case when it comes to PC gaming. Many gamers no longer prefer being chained to a 50-pound desktop gaming rig in one location and prefer the flexibility that comes from being mobile with a gaming laptop. Pre-built laptops, however, often skimp on parts to increase battery life and reduce weight, making them unsuitable performance-wise for gaming. A gaming laptop that is custom-built with hand-picked laptop parts is ideal. Here are some things to consider when selecting laptop parts for a gaming laptop.Things to Consider When Selecting Laptop Parts for a Gaming Laptop

Make the Graphics Card a Priority

Any computer – desktop or laptop – is only as good as its weakest part, and a graphics card should certainly be a priority in a gaming laptop. Most new games would run a graphics card in a pre-built laptop ragged, but gamers who are custom building a gaming laptop should go for the best graphics card they can afford. In today’s market, a graphics card like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 800 series is the bare minimum choice for an adequate gaming laptop, while gamers who are willing to pay a little more should consider 900 series or 10 series.

Pair the Hard Drive with a Solid State Drive

A 1 TB hard drive will give gamers a good amount of storage, but speed is a factor with games now and a slow, standard HDD won’t do the trick on its own. Anyone who is picking out laptop parts for a gaming laptop should consider pairing the HDD with a smaller but faster solid state drive to keep games running without lagging frame rates.

Upgrading Later Won’t Be Easy

Let’s face it – parts for gaming laptops will be expensive. But the idea of going with older parts now with the plan of upgrading down the line is not a certainty when it comes to laptops. Building a gaming laptop with parts that are already older and less powerful than what is already on the market is a way to build a gaming laptop that is obsolete in a short time. It will cost more to get the top-of-the-line laptop parts, but gamers who don’t skimp on these important components will have a gaming laptop that lasts a lot longer.

Feel free to contact us for any other questions about laptop parts for gaming laptops.

Happy holidays from PC Geeks computer repair.The two biggest threats to the hardware inside your computer are heat and water.

Now, it goes without saying that putting water in your computer is probably not a very wise thing to do so we won’t talk about that in this column, but have you ever stopped to think about the environmental factors of where your computer sits?

Exposing your computer to excess heat over the long term of its life plays a very serious role in the lifespan and performance of your machine.

Make sure that you regularly dust your computer case, and see that the vents on your laptop or desktop are clear to prolong the life of your system greatly.

So much furniture is available out there to optimize the looks of your home – but many of them, especially computer desks – do not account for the space a computer needs to vent off  excess heat.

Generally speaking, the basic desktop has a fan on its front that’s designed to:

  • Pull cool air inside,
  • Run it through the case, and then
  • Fans within the computer are set to push that hotter air out the back or side of the case,
  • Preventing a buildup of heat on the sensitive components inside the case.

What happens when you put that computer into an enclosed space, like an entertainment center? There is no easy place for the heat to dissipate and now that machine is running at a temperature that it was not truly designed for! Some brands of computers run hotter than others, but the point here is, if you want your machine to last you many years, ensuring it has the room to breathe is vital for its health.

  • Keep your fans clean,
  • Make sure there are few gaps or holes in your computer case that can disrupt the intended airflow, and
  • Making sure there is somewhere for the heat to go once it departs your computer.

That will work wonders in preserving the lifespan of not just your computer, but every component that is in it. If you feel that your computer may be running to hot you should contact your local PC Geeks technician in Allen or Frisco.

We’re happy to help you get your equipment optimized for the environment its in, give us a call. We also service Plano, Little Elm, McKinney, Celina, Fairview and many more neighborhoods near you!

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Maple leaves in Autumn.How often have you thought about your computer’s health? I doubt it’s ever crossed your mind! Most people never think about that.

Unneeded files and programs can slow your computer to a snail’s pace.

In addition, junk software is continually getting dumped on your machine, and getting rid of it makes a huge difference.

Reformatting  your hard drive and installing a fresh load of Windows on your machine is a great way to ensure the health of your your system and all its files. It is the ultimate in system optimization! That will also ensure you have the latest driver for your devices, and in some cases, can help you diagnose other issues with your computer.

Do you have questions about your computer’s health? Ask them here! Leave us your questions below.